Utah Jazz vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday, Las Vegas Odds, NBA Basketball Sports Betting, Free Picks and Predictions

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Utah at Minnesota, NBA Sports betting
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, October 20, 2017
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: 8 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Utah), FS North (Minnesota)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
713-Utah Jazz +4½ -110 +160 Ov 197½ -113
714-Minnesota Timberwolves -4½ -110 -180 Un 197½ -107
 

The Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at Target Center.

ABOUT THE JAZZ (1-0): Utah led the NBA in scoring defense last season (96.8 points per game) and was right on that mark in the opener, limiting the Nuggets to 13 fourth-quarter points and forcing 22 turnovers overall. “I think we were persistent defensively — we talked about the defensive identity,” coach Quin Snyder said while pointing out the contributions on that end of the floor by forwards Derrick Favors, Thabo Sefolosha and Ekpe Udoh. Center Rudy Gobert led five players in double figures with 18 points and hauled in a team-high 10 boards.

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (0-1): Teague was brought in as a potentially stabilizing presence at the point guard position, but he saw backup Tyus Jones get just as much action and guide the team down the stretch. Jones finished with a plus-nine rating while Teague was minus-17 as the starters were largely outplayed by San Antonio’s first five. Veteran Jamal Crawford had a solid debut with the team by chipping in 10 points and five assists off the bench.

Oddsmakers opened the Timberwolves as -5.5-point favorites versus the Jazz, while the game’s total opened at 201.5.

The new-look Minnesota Timberwolves stumbled out of the gate with some meager contributions from a handful of newcomers. The Utah Jazz had no such issues with a retooled roster in their opener and look to stay perfect on the young season when they visit the Timberwolves on Friday night.

Playing their first game since losing longtime star Gordon Hayward to free agency, the Jazz rallied around holdover Alec Burks (16 points in 15 minutes) in a 106-96 win over Denver on Wednesday. “It’s surreal,” Burks – who averaged just 33.3 games over the last three seasons due to injury – told reporters. “I’ve been through a lot, injury-wise. It’s just great to be out there healthy. … I was aggressive and things happened to open up. Teams start relaxing. Things happen.” Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points to lead Minnesota in its 107-99 loss to San Antonio and Karl-Anthony Towns added 18 and 13 rebounds. Imports Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson combined for 29 points on 11-of-29 shooting.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 107-99 loser as they battled the Spurs on the road. The Timberwolves failed to cover in the match as a +1-point underdog, while 206 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Last time out for Utah, they were a 106-96 winner as they battled the Nuggets at home. The Jazz covered in the match as a -2.5-point favorite, while 202 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

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Utah:
Team record: 1-0 SU,1-0 ATS
Utah is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Utah is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Utah is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road

Minnesota:
Team record: 0-1 SU,0-1 ATS
Minnesota is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Minnesota’s last 11 games

Next up:
Utah home to Oklahoma City Saturday, October 21
Minnesota at Oklahoma City Sunday, October 22

NBA Sports Betting Tips

1. Jazz SF Joe Ingles made 3-of-5 3-pointers in the opener after finishing fourth in the NBA last season from beyond the arc at 44.1 percent.

2. Minnesota won its home opener last season by 36 points over Memphis, the fourth-largest margin of victory in franchise history.

3. The visiting team won 10 of the past 15 meetings.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Utah Jazz will cover the spread at +4½ and the game will go over 197½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Timberwolves 105, Jazz 102 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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